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Oil price drop as tool to fight fossil carbon emissions

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29/01/2015

WBA and AEBIOM (European Biomass Association) are calling upon the governments to seize the opportunity presented by the oil price drop to act against fossil emissions. There has rarely been such an opportunity for the global community to take action against fossil carbon emissions and global warming as there is now, in January of 2015. Every government should act on their own, not waiting for a ...

New Enzyme Speeds Up Biomass-to-Sugar Conversion

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29/01/2015

Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed an enzyme—called CelA—that can convert biomass such as trees, grasses, and agricultural residue to sugars up to 14 times faster and much more cheaply than competing catalysts used in biofuel production. If the enzyme performs well in larger tests, it could help drive down the cost of ...

$2 billion in funds headed for cleanups in Nevada and on the Navajo Nation from historic Anadarko settlement with U.S. EPA, States

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26/01/2015

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement reached with Anadarko and Kerr-McGee is now final, allowing funds to be disbursed for cleanups across the country. The settlement secures payments of $5.15 billion to resolve claims that the defendants fraudulently transferred assets in part to evade their liability for contamination at ...

Modern Water Installs First Microtox® Continuous Toxicity Monitor in the USA

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27/01/2015

Modern Water plc (AIM:MWG), the owner of leading water technologies for the production of fresh water and monitoring of water quality, has recently launched an updated continuous toxicity monitor using its well-known Microtox® technology. Demand for this ground-breaking monitor has been high with the first unit being installed just after its launch at one of Aqua America, Inc.’s water ...

New Additions to IONICON Trace Gas Analyzer Series to be showcased at Pittcon 2015

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27/01/2015

IONICON, the Austrian based leading manufacturer of PTR-MS real-time trace VOC analyzers presents the new PTR-QiTOF and the PTR-TOF 1000, complementing its PTR-TOF trace gas analyzer series. Both instruments can optionally be equipped the new fast GC add-on, combining Gas Chromatographic separation with real-time trace VOC analysis. PTR-QiTOF Featuring a Quadrupole ion guide (Qi), the new ...

Geostatistics regains interest in the characterization of chemical soil pollutions

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28/01/2015

To evaluate the pollution impact, such characterization is usually based on various data that should be interpreted and analyzed with an estimation of related uncertainties. Geostatistics has been suitably applied in this framework for about fifteen years. Several Ph.D. theses have been dedicated to the subject, both for chemical and radiological pollution (see for instance this article in ...

Global Plastic Production Rises, Recycling Lags

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29/01/2015

For more than 50 years, global production of plastic has continued to rise. Some 299 million tons of plastics were produced in 2013, representing a 4 percent increase over 2012. Recovery and recycling, however, remain insufficient, and millions of tons of plastics end up in landfills and oceans each year, writes Gaelle Gourmelon, Communications and Marketing Manager at the Worldwatch Institute, ...

Brewed using the best Czech water

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28/01/2015

The heat and the strong odour of barley malt hit you like a wave the second you step inside. In the heart of the brewery, the brewer and his assistants move around the hall containing huge copper tanks and monitor every detail of the brewing process. "For us, brewing beer is primarily about keeping the traditions and the old craftsmanship alive. We use only locally produced ingredients, and ...

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